Let it not be said that comedians are not generous people. Case in point - Kasambwe Mpulamasaka, the African Comedian, will be headlining the Shoes for Africa benefit show at Hyena's Comedy Club in Dallas on Sunday, October 3, 2010 at 8 PM. The benefit is to raise money and donations of clothes, shoes, and other items for the impoverished orphans of his native homeland.
Kasambwe came to America in 2001 from Zambia, where 56% of the children (over 1.2 million) are orphans, due in part to the AIDS crisis in Africa. Kasambwe worked with children at the YMCA in Zambia, and was then selected to be a part of a cultural exchange program, making a difference in the lives of children in America.
As a young boy, Kasambwe was known as the 'class clown', and started writing funny skits when he was just 13. His family is supportive of his career choice, and undoubtedly very proud of the work he is doing for children. His comedy influences include Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Russell Peters, and Jamie Foxx, whose "I Might Need Security" video was the first American comedian he had seen when he was young.
Kasambwe says that he doesn't want to wait until he's rich and famous to give back. He said, "My riches lie in the future of the helpless children."
You gotta love a guy who loves helping children!
Come show your support for this wonderful benefit on October 3, 2010, at the Hyena's Comedy Club at Mockingbird Station. Bring a donation of clothes, shoes, toys, or even a little cash would be helpful. You'll get a lot of laughs and know that you're helping a good cause.